Morning, April 4, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” — 2 Corinthians 5:21

Sorrowful Christian! Why do you weep? Art you mourning over your own corruption? Look to your perfect Lord, and remember, you are complete in him; in God’s sight you are as perfect as if you had never sinned; indeed, more than that, the Lord our Righteousness has put a divine garment upon you, so that you have more than the righteousness of man—you have the righteousness of God. O you who are mourning by reason of inbred sin and depravity, remember, none of your sins can condemn you. You have learned to hate sin; but you have learned also to know that sin is no longer yours—it was laid upon Christ’s head. Your standing is not in yourself—it is in Christ; your acceptance is not in yourself, but in your Lord; you are as much accepted by God today, with all your sinfulness, as you will be when you stand before his throne, free from all corruption. O, I implore you, lay hold on this precious thought: perfection in Christ! For you are “complete in him.” With your Savior’s garment on, you are holy as the Holy one. “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” Christian, let your heart rejoice, for you are “accepted in the beloved”—what have you to fear? Let your face forever wear a smile; live near your Master; live in the suburbs of the Celestial City; for soon, when your time has come, you shalt rise up where your Jesus sits, and reign at his right hand; and all this because the divine Lord “was made to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”